Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


November 14, 2013

Out & About

Spirit of Giving, 1920s style, for Ironstone Farm fundraiser

Ironstone Farm in Andover is turning Andover Country Club into a 1920s speakeasy for its 2013 Spirit of Giving Gala on Saturday night.

The event will honor three area residents known for their generosity — Dave McGillivray, founder and president of DMSE Sports and race director of the Boston Marathon and Feaster Five in Andover; and Jack and Thérèse O’Connor of Lowell, who have served on the boards of directors for more than 20 organizations.

Guests are encouraged to dress the 1920s’ part. There will be games of chance and live music. Newswoman Susan Wornick will lead the live auction and Andover Country Club chef Elaine Chirichiello will create the type of culinary spread that might have graced the Great Gatsby’s table.

The festivities start at 6:15 p.m. at the function hall at 60 Canterbury St. Tickets are $125; sponsorships range from $500 to $20,000.

Proceeds will support the nonprofit Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm. For more than 30 years, the program has been using horses to provide therapy for individuals with disabilities.

For more information, contact Megan Loughney at Ironstone Farm at 978-475-4056 or

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ rocking Rogers Center

The comedy horror rock musical “Little Shop of Horrors” about a hapless florist shop worker who skyrockets to fame by raising a man-eating plant from outer space opens Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover.

The musical based on the low-budget, 1960 black comedy film is being presented and performed by the student-run Onstagers Dramatic Society at Merrimack College. Fr. Richard Piatt, O.S.A. directs the show.

Performances are Thursday and Friday, Nov. 14 and 15, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors, students and college employees, and are available online at or by calling 978-837-5355.

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